The chairman of regional publisher Archant will retire at the end of this year after 17 years in the post, it has been announced.
Richard Jewson, left, will step down from the role after being involved with the publisher for the last 31 years as a director and chairman.
The 69-year-old, who is also currently Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk and holds chairman and director positions with a number of other organisations, will retire from the role on 31 December .
Archant has announced that Richard Wyatt has been appointed as its new chairman from 1 January after serving as a non-executive director since 2005.
Mr Jewson said: “I have been honoured to serve as both a director and chairman of Archant for the last 31 years.
“During that time I have seen Archant grow from a small newspaper company in East Anglia into a successful community media business operating across the UK.
“I have always intended to retire by the time I reach 70 and this is a now a good time to hand over to my successor, Richard Wyatt, to whom I wish all success.”
Archant chief executive Adrian Jeakings said: “Richard has played a major role in the development of Archant. He has been hugely helpful to me since I took on the role of chief executive and I wish him every happiness in his retirement.
“I am delighted that Richard Wyatt has accepted the position of Archant chairman and look forward to working with him in the future.”
Mr Wyatt, 54, is chairman of Loudwater Investment Partners Limited and media agency the Engine Group, while he is also a senior advisor of NM Rothschild and a trustee of Aldeburgh Music.
He was formerly a managing director of Schroder Securities and Lazard.
He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as chairman of Archant. I would wish to pay the strongest of tributes to Richard Jewson, who has contributed to the success and growth of Archant for more than 30 years.
“He is, and will remain, a source of wise counsel for me, and I wish him well in his retirement.”